Friday, July 24th, 2009...11:37 am

a ten-year-old controversy

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Writing about Linda Capone-Newton’s June training reminded me that while we used to distribute an article from “Newsweek” about the controversy surrounding the Nappy Hair book in every Many Eyes, Many Voices training, there’s no longer any guarantee that this 10-year-old story will get discussed. That’s okay—there are many other connections to current events that can be made during Many Eyes, Many Voices agenda. Still, it would be good for those of you who aren’t familiar with the controversy to read about it. (The controversy resurfaced briefly in 2007, when conservative radio personality Don Imus got into trouble for talking about “nappy hair” in reference to Rutgers women’s basketball players. It’s unlikely to ever fade completely.) The Newsweek article is not available online, but there’s an archived piece from a publication at California State University, Chico, where author Carolivia Herron taught literature at the time. Searching the New York Times website for the teacher’s name, Ruth Sherman, also yields some archived coverage. Trainers who wish to incorporate Nappy Hair should contact us to make a special request for copies of the book and/or the Newsweek article.

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